The Son (World Premiere Presentation)
Based on a story by Marian Hamilton, with music by Tony and Daphne Matthews
Jesse, a young man of privilege is falsely accused of stealing a temple lamb at Yom Kippur. His father sends him to become a shepherd in Bethlehem. There he meets other shepherds and gains their trust by saving a child from a wolf attack. He falls in love with a shepherd's daughter and they plan to marry. Their plans are interrupted by the appearance of the angels on the Bethlehem hillside. The shepherds hurry off to the town to see the Saviour in the manger. Jesse's parents also have come to Bethlehem and he is reconciled with them.
The Medieval Feast
Set in the times of King John, Lords and Ladies are invited to dine in great 15th Century style, while being entertained by minstrels, knights in shining armour, and juggling jesters. Quoth our dear friend Bill, "If music be the food of love, play on! " The guests try their hands at Sporting Contests to win the hand of a lovely fair maiden, or perhaps a bottle of mead! (Return engagement 2018)
The Happy Prince (North American Premiere of a musical adaptation by Tony and Daphne Matthews)
The prince in the story is no living prince. He is the statue of a dead prince decorated with gold leaves and precious stones. He is known as the Happy Prince because there is a smile on his lips. But the smile gradually gives way to tears. The Happy Prince cannot help crying over the scenes of misery in the houses of the poor. He decides to help them with his gold leaves and costly stones. The little swallow acts as his messenger, and he gives away all his wealth. The Swallow was on his way back to his homeland when the prince had detained him to help the poor. He still wished to go back but now it was too late. The intense cold killed him. Thus the little swallow lost his life in helping the poor. His death broke the prince's heart. So the swallow and the prince perished for a noble cause. But their death was not the end. It made them immortal. That is why the angel selected the dead swallow and the lifeless heart of the prince as the noblest things on earth. We learn that God loves those who love their fellow human beings.
The Broadway musical adaptation based on the Charles Dickens novel, 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger and masterminded by the criminal Fagin .When Oliver's intended mark, Mr. Brownlow takes pity on the lad and offers him a home, Fagin's henchman Bill Sikes plots to kidnap the boy to keep him from talking.
The Sound of Music
A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
In the biblical land of Caanan, Joseph is the favourite son of Jacob. As such, he encounters the jealousy of his brothers who object to his dreams in which he is the hero and the brothers have to pay homage to him. They arrange to have him killed and to prove his death, show their father the multicoloured coat smeared with blood. In fact, Joseph has been sold in slavery to the household of Potiphar who has him thrown in jail as he objects to the attraction between his wife and Joseph. Joseph's ability to interpret dreams is relayed to Pharaoh who has started to have a series of dreams. Joseph foresees seven years of full harvests and this to be followed by seven years of famine. Joseph is put in charge of preparing for the years of famine and, just as prophesied, the dreams came true.
Back in Caanan, the famine affected Joseph's family too. The brothers travel to Egypt to find work. They go to Joseph who recognises them but they don't recognise him. They bow down before him (just as foretold in an earlier dream). Joseph has a score to settle though and after giving his brothers grain, he hides a goblet in Benjamin's sack. Benjamin is accused of theft. The brothers plead for Benjamin's release from custody and Joseph relents and then reveals himself as their brother. The ending is a happy one.
Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Broadway rock opera, "Jesus Christ Superstar" recounts the last days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Judas Iscariot, his betrayer. As Jesus' following increases, Judas begins to worry that Jesus is falling for his own hype, forgetting the principles of his teachings and growing too close to the woman Mary Magdalene .After Jesus has an outburst in a temple, Judas turns on him..